Taking stock of the Western Conference after the Trade Deadline
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By Cam Lewis8 months ago
The trade deadline for the 2022-23 NHL season and come and gone.
Below are the additions and subtractions made by each team in the Western Conference and what it means for the playoff race down the stretch…
Record: 33-16-13 (79 points)
Additions: Evgenii Dadonov, Max Domi, Dylan Wells, Scott Reedy.
Subtractions: Denis Gurianov, Anton Khudobin, Jacob Peterson, 2025 2nd-rd pick.
The Stars still occupy the top spot in the Western Conference despite the fact they recently went on a five-game losing streak. Their biggest need was to improve their scoring depth and the Stars did that by adding Evgenii Dadonov and Max Domi. Dadonov has suited up for three games with Dallas and already has three points.
Vegas Golden Knights
Record: 36-19-6 (78 points)
Additions: Jonathan Quick, Ivan Barbashev, Teddy Blueger.
Subtractions: Zach Dean, Peter Diliberatore, Michael Hutchinson, Shea Weber’s contract, 2023 5th-rd pick, 2024 3rd-rd pick, 2025 7th-rd pick.
The Golden Knights had an opportunity to make some additions with captain Mark Stone on the Long-Term Injured Reserve. They added some scoring depth in Ivan Barbashev, who scored 26 goals and 60 points last season, and they also acquired some goaltending depth, trading for Jonathan Quick shortly after the Kings dealt him to the Blue Jackets. Quick going up against his former team in the playoffs would be something.
Los Angeles Kings
Record: 35-20-8 (78 points)
Additions: Joonas Korpisalo, Vladislav Gavrikov, Zack MacEwen, Erik Portillo, Nathan Schnarr.
Subtractions: Jonathan Quick, Brendan Lemieux, Frederic Allard, Austin Wagner, 2023 1st and 3rd-rd picks, 2024 5th-rd pick.
The Kings made their big move earlier this week, sending Jonathan Quick and two draft picks to Columbus in exchange for Joonas Korpisalo and Vladislav Gavrikov. The goal for L.A. with this deal is to become better at keeping the puck out of the net as their goaltenders have put up an .884 combined save percentage this season.
Record: 35-21-6 (76 points)
Additions: John Klingberg, Marcus Johansson, Gustav Nyquist, Oskar Sundqvist, 2023 2nd and 5th-rd picks, 2024 4th and 5th-rd picks.
Subtractions: Jordan Greenway, Andrei Svetlakov, 2023 5th-rd pick, 2024 3rd and 4th-rd picks.
The Wild netted themselves some draft picks by being the third team that other teams facilitated expensive trades through. Minnesota also dumped the struggling Jordan Greenway on the Buffalo Sabres and added puck-moving defender John Klingberg and depth forward Marcus Johansson with the hope of improving their underwhelming offence.
Record: 34-21-6 (74 points)
Additions: Jaycob Megna.
Subtractions: 2023 4th-rd pick.
Seattle has been the surprise of the Western Conference this year as they’ve jumped into the playoff picture in their sophomore season as an NHL club. Despite the strong showing, the Kraken still have their eyes on the future. Their only move ahead of the deadline was adding depth defender Jaycob Megna.
Record: 33-21-8 (74 points)
Additions: Mattias Eklhom, Nick Bjugstad, Cam Dineen, Patrik Puistola, 2024 6th-rd pick.
Subtractions: Jesse Puljujarvi, Tyson Barrie, Reid Schaefer, Mike Kesselring, 2023 1st and 3rd-rd picks, 2024 4th-rd pick.
The Oilers made a few moves earlier this week and then stood pat on deadline day on Friday. The addition of Mattias Eklhom fills a massive hole on Edmonton’s blueline and Nick Bjugstad is a nice depth addition for the team’s bottom-six forward group. Sure, the Oilers could have used some more depth, but they’re a better team now than they were last week. I’m not sure there’s a team in the West who made a more impactful addition than Edmonton did with Ekholm.
Record: 34-20-5 (73 points)
Additions: Lars Eller, Jack Johnson, Keith Kinkaid, Gustav Rydahl.
Subtractions: Shane Bowers, Andreas Englund, Anton Blidh, 2025 2nd-rd pick.
The Avalanche had a very busy trade deadline last year ahead of their Stanley Cup run but things were quiet in Colorado this time around. The biggest splash the Avs made was acquiring veteran pivot Lars Eller from the Capitals, and they also brought back depth defender Jack Johnson, who was on their Stanley Cup team last spring.
Record: 35-24-2 (72 points)
Additions: Nino Niederreiter.
Subtractions: 2024 2nd-rd pick.
The Jets have been crashing as of late as they’ve dropped six of their last seven games. Winnipeg’s only move ahead of the trade deadline was adding winger Nino Niederreiter from the Predators in exchange for a second-round pick. Defenceman Logan Stanley requested a trade but no move was made before the deadline passed.
Record: 27-22-13 (67 points)
Additions: Nick Ritchie, Troy Stecher, Dryden Hunt.
Subtractions: Brett Ritchie, Connor Mackey, Radim Zohorna.
The Flames are sitting on the outside of the playoffs looking in and there was some thought that they could sell off some players for futures. Instead, they made some minor additions, acquiring forwards Dryden Hunt and Nick Ritchie and defenceman Troy Stecher in two different deals. If the Flames are going to climb into the playoffs, they’ll need to rely on improved play from the group they already have in place.
Record: 30-23-6 (66 points)
Additions: Tyson Barrie, Reid Schaefer, Cal Foote, Rasmus Asplund, Isaac Ratcliffe, Austin Rueschhoff, 2023 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th-rd picks, 2024 2nd and 4th-rd picks.
Subtractions: Mattias Eklhom, Nino Niederreiter, Tanner Jeannot, Mikael Granlund, 2024 6th-rd pick, 2025 7th-rd pick.
The Predators are struggling through a disappointing season and they sold off some players to help them retool for the future. They dealt Mattias Eklhom, Nino Niederreiter, Tanner Jeannot, and Mikael Granlund and got back a lot of draft picks in return. Moving these players will help the Preds tank a little bit for a higher pick as well.
St. Louis Blues
Record: 27-29-5 (59 points)
Additions: Jakub Vrana, Sammy Blais, Hunter Skinner, Adam Gaudette, Mikhail Abramov, Zach Dean, two 2023 1st-rd picks, 2023 3rd-rd pick, 2024 3rd and 4th-rd picks.
Subtractions: Vladimir Tarasenko, Niko Mikkola, Ryan O’Reilly, Noel Acciari, Ivan Barbashev, Dylan McLaughlin, 2025 7th-rd pick.
Just like the Preds, the Blues decided that it was time to sell. They moved long-time roster staples Vladimir Tarasenko and Ryan O’Reilly along with a handful of other depth players and received themselves a nice collection of prospects and draft picks to help them retool.
Record: 24-32-5 (53 points)
Additions: Filip Hronek, Anthony Beauvillier, Aatu Raty, Vitali Kravstov, Josh Bloom, 2024 3rd and 4th-rd picks.
Subtractions: Bo Horvat, Luke Schenn, Curtis Lazar, William Lockwood, Riley Stillman, 2023 2nd-rd pick.
Are the Canucks sellers? It’s difficult to say. They traded away captain Bo Horvat weeks before the deadline and then flipped the first-round pick they got in return to the Red Wings for 25-year-old defender Filip Hronek. This is a team that could use a full tear down and rebuild but their front office won’t accept that reality.
Record: 21-31-9 (51 points)
Additions: Shea Weber’s contract, Jakub Voracek’s contract, Mike Kesselring, 2023 1st and 3rd-rd picks, 2024 2nd-rd pick, 2025 3rd-rd pick, 2026 2nd-rd pick.
Subtractions: Jakob Chychrun, Shayne Gostisbehere, Nick Bjugstad, Cam Dineen, Troy Stecher, Dysin Mayo, Jon Gillies.
The Coyotes functioned largely as a place for real teams to dump contracts ahead of this year’s deadline. They also moved a handful of players for prospects and picks, as expected. Most notably, they finally found a deal for Jakob Chychrun well over one year after his name appeared on the trade block. Let’s hope for Connor Bedard’s sake that the lottery balls don’t drop in Arizona’s favour.
San Jose Sharks
Record: 18-32-12 (48 points)
Additions: Andreas Johnsson, Fabian Zetterlund, Nikita Okhotiuk, Shakir Mukhamadullin, Henry Thrun, Arvid Henrickson, 2023 1st, 4th, and 7th-rd picks, 2024 2nd, 3rd, 5th, and 7th-rd picks.
Subtractions: Timo Meier, Nick Bonino, Scott Harrington, Zach Emond, Santeri Hatakka, Timur Ibragimov, Jaycob Megna, Tony Snud, Michael Eyssimont.
The Sharks moved one of their big names ahead of the trade deadline and one stayed put. Timo Meier went to New Jersey for a somewhat underwhelming return and the Sharks ultimately opted not to pull the trigger on a deal for Erik Karlsson. Time will tell if they regret not biting the bullet and selling high on his incredible season.
Record: 20-34-8 (48 points)
Additions: Brock McGinn, Andrej Sustr, Nikita Nesterenko, Dylan Sikura, Chase Priske, two 2024 3rd-rd picks, 2025 4th-rd pick.
Subtractions: John Klingberg, Dmitri Kulikov, Henry Thrun, Maxim Golod, Austin Strand.
The Ducks moved two veteran defenders, John Klingberg and Dmitri Kulikov, and didn’t receive very much in return. There had been some speculation they would look to deal veteran goaltender John Gibson but doing so in the off-season probably makes more sense.
Record: 21-35-5 (47 points)
Additions: Nikita Zaitsev, Anton Khudobin, Andres Bjork, Joey Anderson, Pavel Gogolev, Dylan Sikura, Andy Welinski, Vili Saarijarvi, Andreas Englund, Austin Wagner, two 2023 2nd-rd picks, 2025 1st, 2nd, and 4th-rd picks.
Subtractions: Patrick Kane, Jake McCabe, Sam Lafferty, Max Domi, Jack Johnson, Dylan Sikura, Dylan Wells, 2024 and 2025 5th-rd picks.
The Blackhawks traded franchise icon Patrick Kane along with quality depth players such as Jake McCabe, Sam Lafferty, and Max Domi and the only first-round pick that they received in return isn’t until 2025. To be fair, the Kane situation was a tough one to navigate given his contract and no-move clause, but it’s difficult to get excited about the haul they received in those deals. That said, Chicago has done great work on their tanking effort, as their current roster is among the worst you’ll ever see at the NHL level.
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